New Year’s Resolutions are not my thing, but I think it never hurts to pause for a moment and see how 2014 is coming along. And so we have Payal’s Self Assessment.
I knew I’d be up for some challenges this year when I survived New Year’s Eve on a cruise in the middle of the Bosphorus in Istanbul - sick with food poisoning, green in the face from motion sickness, fever and frozen to the bones. It’s amazing what you can force your body to endure if you put your mind to it. - By no means am I saying I’d like such a challenge again, let’s be real, I’m only 5ft tall, barely 100lbs, I may not survive.
I’ve realized, I’m a bit spunky, goofy and a total child at heart and you know what? I’m totally okay with it. I’ve learned to stop taking life so seriously, because I’m not a deep in thought melodramatic person. Dramatic - yes - especially when it involves any form of bugs or furry friends but I leave the melodrama to my Soap Operas and Bollywood movies. I laugh like my 4 year old nephew and have no shame in shopping in the “kids” section of Macy’s. On what level is ANYONE going to take me seriously…clearly I am not - so why you.
I could really work on trying to grow a little more. I need that extra inch or two so I can stop having to pay for alterations on all my pants. If one must insist - there maybe be some areas for me to work on:
But in all seriousness, I could really really use the extra inch or two in height, I really must stop being on a first name basis with the local tailor.
Aside from my personal assessment, 2014 has been wonderful to date. I’ve travelled a bit, seen hard work pay off in the office space, avoided any serious illnesses and had good times with family and friends. Anything more and I’d be getting a little selfish.
Another year means another family wedding…of epic proportions. Last year Pooja and Vinay gave March Madness a whole new definition. This year Arjun and Versha took exotic to a new level, as titled - their wedding was “exotically epic. From elephants to snake charmers and everything in between as cliche as at it sounds “this wedding had it all”.
I could story tell every event into the early morning hours. Instead, I’ll sum up what was three unforgettable days into my Cliff’s Notes version of bullet points.
As always, the days were hectic, time was too short but we have memories for a lifetime! Congrats again Arjun and Versha!
Before I begin my entry, I must make note that it appears I took a involuntary Sabbatical from my blog since my Turkey trip. It’s no joke when people say “time flies”. Didn’t realize it has been months since the last time I wrote. Let’s see how rusty I have got!
No, I’m not packing for a Royal Wedding - we missed the RSVP deadline for Prince William’s and Prince Harry can’t seem to decide if he wants to settle down or not, so who knows when that will happen. BUT, I am all set for another Epic Patel Family wedding! Arjun and Versha will finally be tying the knot!
Oh yes, believe it or not, little Nintendo playing Arjun is all grown up and has won his Princess. I guess there was something to learn from Super Mario Bros. 1, 2 and 3.
A wedding in our family means:
With so many of us living all over the States, these family events are magnets that bring us all together. The days are hectic, time is always too short but the memories last a lifetime. And on that sentimental note, time to go get this brother married!
If there’s two things I write more about on this blog than anything else, it’s this: travels and weather. I feel like if I’m not traveling then I must be complaining about the extreme weather conditions I live in.
From my emotional distraught, one would think I spend my summers in the Sahara and my winters in the most northern corners of the Arctic. Alas, I am merely in Dallas, Texas. But really, it can be brutal! This winter has been exceptionally brutal at that. Mind you, I even had small reprieve when I went to India for a few weeks - only to be welcomed back by the Polar Vortex.
I’m all for getting bundled up and looking cute in my Ugg Boots and knitted beanies but let’s be real. It’s time to shed those layers and enjoy throwing on a simple t-shirt and shorts. Flip flops seem as ancient as when King Tut and Cleopatra first sported them on the streets of ancient Egypt. Naked toes in strappy sandals….what a concept…how foreign it feels.
Old man winter you have long over stayed your welcome. I exile you for the next 10 months only to return in time for a white Christmas. What’s that? OH, that’s right, I have no such powers. Here I am, frozen toes and all, praying for Jaykishan to fall asleep sooner rather than later,so I can secretly turn the thermostat a few degrees warmer in hopes for summer dreams as I sleep.
As I’d mentioned in my last post, there were a couple of “once in a lifetime” type of moments - so here they are!
Now it’s time to go through all the pictures and get a few posted on here!